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Del. Tourism Office Expands Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail

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Crooked Hammock sign (Photo: WBOC) Crooked Hammock sign (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del.- The Delaware Tourism Office announced Tuesday the expansion of the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail to include more local craft beverage businesses.

The trail is an interactive path across the state encouraging people to visit local breweries, wineries and distilleries started in 2010. Originally there were 12 businesses, but the office announced today they will double the locations and include meaderies and cideries.

Rich Garrahan owns Crooked Hammock, a brewpub in Lewes that opened in October.

"I've always really loved craft beer," he said. "I love this community that was the most important thing for us, developing a destination here."

Crooked Hammock is one of the new additions to the trail, and Garrahan said it will help make them visible to tourists.

"It's definitely a new industry and reason for people to travel," he explained. "People are traveling from all over the country just to visit breweries, and they'll stop by all of the other local breweries as well and stop here for lunch and give them a new reason to come to the shore, it's awesome."

It's also an investment for the First State. According to Linda Parkowski, the Delaware Tourism Director, the craft beverage industry is a growing economic engine.

"We know that people are really enjoying this type of industry," she said. "We also know that millenials are very interested in craft brews and that may be their beer of choice now and in the future, so we just see this industry as really poised for some growth also in the future."

There are 15 craft breweries in Delaware, and according to the Brewer's Association, it leaves a $264 million impact on the state.

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